May is National Osteoporosis Month. This is the ideal time for you as a family caregiver to learn more about this potentially life-changing condition so that you can help your loved one to reduce the risk that they will develop it, or give them the type of care that they need to handle it properly if it does arise as they age in place.
Some things that you should know about osteoporosis include:
- Osteoporosis causes nearly 9 million fractures throughout the world each year
- This means approximately one fracture every 3 seconds all over the world
- Approximately 200 million women throughout the world are currently living with osteoporosis
- This number accounts for 1 in every 10 women 60 years and older
- This number accounts for 1 in every 5 women 70 years and older
- This number accounts for 2 in every 5 women 80 years and older
- This number accounts for 2 in every 3 women 90 years and older
- 75 million people are currently suffering osteoporosis in the United States, Japan, and Europe alone
- Approximately 1 in 3 women over the age of 50 throughout the world will experience a fracture related to osteoporosis
- Approximately 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 throughout the world will experience a fracture related to osteoporosis
- 61 percent of fractures related to osteoporosis occur in women
- 80 percent of forearm fractures related to osteoporosis occur in women
- 75 percent of humerus fractures related to osteoporosis occur in women
- 70 percent of hip fractures related to osteoporosis occur in women
- 58 percent of spine fractures related to osteoporosis occur in women
- A 10 percent bone mass loss in the vertebrae doubles the risk of vertebral fractures
- A 10 percent bone mass loss in the hip puts a senior at 2 and a half times the risk of hip fracture
If your elderly loved one has recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis or has particular risk factors that make them more vulnerable to this condition, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your aging loved one on a customized schedule that ensures they get all of the care and support that they need, while also allowing you to give them the care that you are able to give them according to your own schedule and abilities. This means that you can always feel confident that your senior is getting everything that they need whether you are able to be with them or not. These personalized services can be particularly valuable for an elderly adult who is suffering from osteoporosis. This care provider can help your parent to remain compliant with their medications and guidelines by offering reminders. They can also encourage them to make good lifestyle choices, such as eating a healthy diet and staying active. Physical support and assistance can help to reduce fall risk and protect your parent while they are handling basic daily tasks, such as bathing, navigating the home, and toileting.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Highland Park, IL, contact the caring staff at Companion Services of America today at (847) 943-3786. Our home care service area includes Northbrook, Highland Park, Deerfield, Glenview, Buffalo Grove, Evanston, Des Plaines, Skokie, Lake Forest, Wilmette and the surrounding areas.